Election Information for Utah State Bar President-elect

Pursuant to the Rules of Integration and Management of the Utah State Bar (“Rules”), Applicants for the office of President-elect must submit their notice of candidacy to the Board of Bar Commissioners by January 2nd. Applicants are given time at the January Board meeting to present their views. Secret balloting for nomination by the Board to run for the office of President-elect will then commence. Any candidate receiving the Commissioners’ majority votes shall be nominated to run for the office of President-elect. Balloting shall continue until two nominees are selected.

NOTICE: Balloting will be done electronically.  Ballots will be e-mailed on or about April 1 with balloting to be completed and ballots received by the Bar office by 5:00 p.m. April 15.

In order to reduce out-of-pocket costs and encourage candidates, the Bar will provide the following services at no cost:

  1. space for up to a 200-word campaign message* plus a color photograph in the March/April issue of the Utah Bar Journal. The space may be used for biographical information, platform or other election promotion. Campaign messages for the March/April Bar Journal publications are due along with two photographs no later than February 1st;
  2. space for up to a 500-word campaign message* plus a photograph on the Utah Bar Website due February 1st;
  3. a set of mailing labels for candidates who wish to send a personalized letter to Utah lawyers who are eligible to vote;
  4. a one-time email campaign message* to be sent by the Bar.  Campaign message will be sent by the Bar within three business days of receipt from the candidate; and
  5. candidates will be given speaking time at the Spring Convention; (1) 5 minutes to address the Southern Utah Bar Association luncheon attendees and, (2) 5 minutes to address Spring Convention attendees at Saturday’s General Session.

If you have any questions concerning this procedure, please contact John C. Baldwin at (801) 531-9077 or at director@utahbar.org.

*              Candidates for the office of Bar President-elect may not list the names of any current voting or ex-officio members of the Commission as supporting their candidacy in any written or electronic campaign materials, including, but not limited to, any campaign materials inserted with the actual ballot; on the website; in any e-mail sent for the purposes of campaigning by the candidate or by the Bar; or in any mailings sent out by the candidate or by the Bar.  Commissioners are otherwise not restricted in their rights to express opinions about President-elect candidates.  This policy shall be published in the Utah Bar Journal and any E-bulletins announcing the election and may be referenced by the candidates.